Every time we learn some new little nugget about Christ, it is like opening a seashell and finding a pearl, or similar to digging for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. How awesome to find a precious truth meant just for us at just the right time!
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13: 45-46
I finished teaching a Bible study in Shawnee about encounters with Jesus. We studied insight from Bible stories many church-goers have heard over and over through life, but we dug a little deeper to find something new. Some fresh, thoughtful little treasures. We wore pearls (and hats) the last day to remember that God gives us precious nuggets of truth to help us through life.
Example: Remember the story about the Mother-in-Law? Jesus and his disciples dropped in on Peter’s mother-in-law for dinner, just like college kids converge for food. (Matthew 8:14-17) Usually, she would jump up and happily pull out food from her pantry, slap burgers on the grill, but no, not this time. She lay sick in bed with a fever. Okay, she could just send them down the street for cheese pizza, right? Wrong. She couldn’t. So Jesus took care of the problem. He healed her so she could serve to her heart’s desire.
What treasures can we find in this story? Everyone is important in God’s work, no matter how small the task may seem. Nothing is too tiny for Jesus to address, no person too insignificant, and nothing too trivial. Remember, no matter what is going on, Jesus can touch your life.
As we discussed this story, these sweet ladies in Shawnee brought me joy with their input and enthusiasm. Thank you all! Our greatest treasure came when one lady accepted Jesus as Lord and her spirit was renewed!
With the Lord’s blessing, soon I hope to offer pearls of wisdom in a new book, a forty day devotional of individual encounters with Jesus.
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